Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

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The mission of the University Counseling Center (UCC) is to provide high quality services and programs that foster the academic and personal development, as well as the psychological well-being, of Pitt’s diverse student body. We have gathered the following suicide prevention resources in an effort to help anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts get the help and support they need. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, there are many options for immediate support.


GET HELP NOW

For Yourself

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call the Pitt Police at 412-624-2121 or dial 911 immediately.
 
If you are experiencing a crisis that requires immediate attention you may speak with a UCC counselor at any time:

  • During regular business hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm), students may visit the Wellness Center.
  • After business hours, please call 412-648-7930 and select option #1 to speak to the after-hours counselor.

Other Resources Available:

  • re:solve Crisis Network is the Allegheny County crisis agency staffed with professional mental health clinicians 24/7. Call them at 1-888-796-8226 or visit their facility at 333 North Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7. Call 1-800-273-8255. (TTY – Dial 800-799-4889; Voice/Caption Phone – Dial 800-273-8255)
  • The Crisis Text Line is a free and confidential text message service for people in crisis 24/7. Text HOME to 741741.
For Someone Else

If someone is actively trying to hurt themselves or someone else, call the Pitt Police at 412-624-2121 or dial 911 immediately.
 
If someone is experiencing a crisis that requires professional attention and support, encourage them to visit or call the Wellness Center to speak directly with a UCC counselor:

    • During regular business hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm), students may visit the Wellness Center.
    • After business hours, please call 412-648-7930 and select option #1 to speak to the after-hours counselor.

Other Resources Available:

  • re:solve Crisis Network is the Allegheny County crisis agency staffed with professional mental health clinicians 24/7. Call them at 1-888-796-8226 or visit their facility at 333 North Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7. Call 1-800-273-8255. (TTY – Dial 800-799-4889; Voice/Caption Phone – Dial 800-273-8255)
  • The Crisis Text Line is a free and confidential text message service for people in crisis 24/7. Text HOME to 741741.

 

Recognize the Signs

Warning Signs
  • Threatening to hurt or kill themselves
  • Looking for ways to kill themselves
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
  • Expressing hopelessness or having no purpose
  • Talking about being a burden or feeling trapped
  • Displaying anger, aggression or agitation
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky behaviors
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Displaying depression or anxiety
  • Dramatic changes in mood
  • Giving away personal belongings
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Engaging in self-injury
How to Respond
  • Ask directly if the person is thinking about suicide
  • Contact a crisis support resource (see above)
  • Don’t leave the person alone/end the phone call until help arrives
  • Actively listen and express concern
  • Avoid making judgmental and shaming statements
  • Avoid minimizing problems and feelings
  • Reassure them that support is available

 
 

ADDITIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS RESOURCES

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Text Line
Veterans Crisis Line The Trevor Project
SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education SuicideIsPreventable.org
Suicide Prevention Resource Center The JED Foundation
ULifeline American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Befrienders Worldwide Trans Lifeline
Seize the Awkward

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

University Counseling Center

The UCC offers a variety of clinical services to active and enrolled students throughout the calendar year. To learn more about the services we offer, please click here.
 
Off-Campus Outpatient Providers

ThrivingCampus is an online directory for Pitt students to access a list of off-campus, licensed mental health clinicians, whom provide outpatient services for students. The website includes various guides and resources that assist students through the process of securing off-campus care. Click here to access Pitt’s ThrivingCampus website.
 
Additional Resources

Please click here to view a comprehensive list of local mental health providers, made available by Allegheny County Department of Human Services: Where to Call Booklet

 


OUTREACH PLAN

In addition to providing counseling services for students, UCC provides outreach, education and suicide prevention trainings throughout the academic year. Programs are aimed at increasing awareness and improving suicide prevention skills. Programs are offered campus-wide and are available for staff, faculty, resident assistance and students. To learn more and request a training, please click here.
 
Within the first month of the spring and fall semesters, all students will receive an email from the Office of Student Affairs with information about suicide prevention and mental health support resources.

 


POSTINTERVENTION PLAN

In the event of a campus emergency, the University maintains a protocol for communicating with students, faculty and staff. In addition, counseling and support will be made available to all students affected by such an event. For more information, please contact the Office of the Dean.

 

 

 

Last revised 11/2019.